Statehouse Report

  • Rural communities need to seize opportunities

    Andy Brack, Statehouse Report: “People in rural counties across South Carolina know the challenges they face. “They know about their high poverty, higher than normal unemployment, challenged schools and need for better health care facilities. They understand how their tax rates are higher than urban areas because of the lack of a broad industrial tax…

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  • Promise Zone is shot in the arm

    MAY 1, 2015 | Talk about a shot in the arm for the southern rural counties of South Carolina. Witness the just-announced federal Promise Zone designation for a six-county area centering on Allendale County that should pump in millions of dollars of aid over the next 10 years.

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  • State’s Southern counties win Promise Zone designation

    APRIL 28, 2015 | The Obama Administration today announced six rural counties in the southern tip of South Carolina won a new federal Promise Zone designation in a program to give pervasively poor places a better chance at getting federal grants and other help.

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